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Royal Huahine

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Overview - Royal Huahine. Copyright Royal Huahine.

Formerly known as the Huahine Te Tiare Beach Resort, this resort is a place where you can slip into a different world, a different culture, where you are sure to meet new and interesting people--a place to be surrounded by a calmness that you might only dream about.



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Royal Huahine


 
 
 
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Overview



This resort is the most recent luxury hotel developed in Huahine, the
"Garden Island". Each bungalow provides modern comfort in a Polynesian atmosphere.

Complimentary activities include scheduled boat transfers to and from the main town of Fare, snorkeling, kayak and outrigger canoe paddling, table tennis, beach volley and local cultural activities.

Other activities include: botanical garden and vanilla plantation visits, picnic and circle island tour by canoe, horse back riding, sunset cruises, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, surf transfers as well as car, scooter, motor dinghy and bicycle rentals.

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Review date:   January 15, 2018 1:06PM
 
Review:   Recommended for: Divers

Pros: From one of my clients, who stayed at Ninamu and Royal Huahine: "The Royal Huahine was a bit more private and had more amenities, but also had less opportunity for socializing. The rooms had A/C, a hot water kettle & mini-fridge. There is a supermarket in town to stock up on supplies if you don't want to have every meal at the restaurant. Some guests complained that it was lonely, but I found it restful. They had 4 boats a day into town, and you could schedule extra boats to go early for diving. I whole-heartedly recommend Mahana Dive. Other divers preferred it to the other dive shop on the island. Annie, the owner, speaks English and is committed to small groups and dive safety. She and her dive captain, Robert (an American) are great resources for things to do on the island. I brought my own dive gear but would use her rental gear if I were to visit again in order to save traveling weight. She had good quality weight-integrated BCDs and short wetsuits. Most diving was in the Pass, and on some days there was a fair amount of current. They did not use reef hooks, so dive gloves would be helpful. We saw lots of sharks, eagle rays, turtles and large schools of jacks. There were a few trips to areas with more coral, but most of the diving seemed to be about the pelagics.".

Cons: Isolated from town (could also be considered a plus!), required boat to get to town, most of staff French/Tahitian speaking only with exception of front reception staff who spoke excellent English.

 
Travel Agent:  
Teresa Nelle, Avenue Two Travel, a Virtuoso Agency   Teresa Nelle
Avenue Two Travel, a Virtuoso Agency
Lahaina, HI US

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Review date:   June 26, 2018 7:17PM
 
Review:   We stayed here a few years ago for our honeymoon and it was so bad we actively tell people not to go here. There was no employees when we showed up so we couldn't get food. Then when we finally got food the next day the crew never came to clean up the plate causing an almighty fly infestation. On top of that the roofs leaked like a colander, many nights we didn't sleep as it was raining in/on our bed. So we'd spend our nights shifting the bed around the room looking for dry spots. When we asked the hotel staff they said "All of our room are like that." Add to the fact that someone who lives nearby doesn't want visitors and plays pop music so loud the entire hotel could hear it all day, everyday. Want to use the pool or kayaks? Nope no staff working on site to unlock anything. We stayed for a week and it was truly a terrible experience. I don't usually do this in reviews but I hope this will dissuade people from going here.
 
Author:   D T
 
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Review date:   July 24, 2018 5:53AM
 
Review:   This property has MAJOR ISSUES and it's definitely NOT worth all the money they ask. 1) HYGIENE/ROOMS: the rooms are poorly cleaned (there was dust as old as me on the door of the bathroom, the curtains were stained, the pillows had stains of mould). 2) BIRDS: the restaurant is infested with birds in the morning with clear stains of old and fresh feces everywhere and you can't leave any food unattended. 3) HYGIENE/BREAKFAST: the presentation of breakfast was appalling, fresh food and fruit covered with a sort of bedsheet (changed every 2-3 days) that would get soaked in juices but must be mantained to avoid other surprises (see above - birds!) the caraffe of coffee/tea/juice looked like they hadn't been cleaned in a long time - scary... 4) SAFETY! The whole pontoon that leads to the overwater bungalows as well as the concrete structures of the bungalows themselves (not to mention the curtains of the restaurant)... everything is literally decrepit and falling apart. A child could easily fall off the pontoon and into the lagoon, for there is barely protection beside a decrepit rope. The pool is unattended and the bridge is as slipper as hell - I for a fact fell while pregnant and carrying a 14kg luggage and my own backpack under the torrential rain because Nobody from reception had the decency to help us... all we got was "Oh sorry, somebody would have come..." while they made it very clear that we had to leave the room at eleven. 5) ISOLATION: there is no Road to the hotel, no other structures, nothing. Only transport means is a 20 minutes boat trip to Fare Nui running 8am9am11am2pm3pm4pm - the only destination the hotel will drive you to, which is the worst side of Huahine. The best beaches are actually in the south - 35' drive by car (if you manage to get one from the only Europcar on the island!) with the last boat leaving the civilization at 5pm you can only eat at the hotel for the whole length of your stay. 6) SCAM WEBSITE: beware that the services advertised on their website DO NOT EXIST! I'm talking specifically of Spa, bycicles, car rental (they refer to the one in Fare Nui, which they do not even own or have a special fare for). The snorkeling gear is nearly nonexistent and so old it's probably 30 year old. There are three double kayak (only double or you have to make double effort) and that's it. Do yourself a favor and book in AVEA BAY, in Huahine Iti where the REAL best beaches are as well as the best accommodation. We went there for lunch and almost cried thinking of how miserable we had been for 5 days of our honeymoon!
 
Author:   Sara Heaternal
 
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Review date:   June 4, 2017 3:38PM
 
Review:   If you are expecting a 5 star hotel. This is not it. The staff made up for a bunch of things where things lacked. Well worth the money. This place has changed hands many times. You will see remnants of past ownership. The water was calm for snorkeling. Food is good.
 
Author:   Sidney Lucas
 
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Review date:   July 7, 2017 6:08PM
 
Review:   This is an amazing place and Huahine is possibly, no definitely the most beautiful island in French Polynesia. People are extremely nice and the Royal Huahine Hotel is just amazing. The rooms are magnificent and quite large. Actually they're more like houses than rooms.
 
Author:   Ray Plotecia
 
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Review date:   November 28, 2017 7:45AM
 
Review:   The staff are all super friendly and accommodating, especially "Mama Minnow". The snorkelling in the cove was surprisingly good, and compares to some of the coral gardens on Bora Bora. I'm removing a star simply due to the impression that the resort is understaffed since finding someone at either of the two bars for food or drink was always a challenge outside of prescribed hours.
 
Author:   Jayme Reynolds
 
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